New Organization to Research ILC Economic Effects: Iwate Pref. and Iwate ILC Promotion Council

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo. Read the original here.

Iwate Prefecture, which aims to bring the International Linear Collider to Tohoku and the Iwate Prefecture ILC Promotion Council (Chairman Kunihisa Yamura) will soon start a new organization to investigate the economic ripple effects brought about if the ILC became a reality. Differing from the pre-existing calculations based on construction and the scale of consumption, the figures will scrutinize effects on each separate industry, and will reflect innovation potential. One issue for realizing the project is securing a large amount of construction costs, and indicating specific figures is hoped to increase momentum for realizing the ILC.

According to related sources, the new organization will be a committee within the Iwate Prefecture ILC Promotion Council. The first meeting will be held next month on February 8th within Morioka City.

Members will include representatives from Iwate Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture ILC Promotion Council, as well as others including Iwate Prefectural University President Atsuto Suzuki who is promoting the ILC project, associate professor at University of Tokyo ICEPP Satoru Yamashita, guest professor at Iwate University and Tohoku University Masakazu Yoshioka, and Professor Shinya Narita of Iwate University Faculty of Engineering.

The research theme will be the economic ripple effect benefits within Iwate Prefecture from the ILC on the mid- to long-term, from the construction stage until after the ILC is operational. With the cooperation of the business community, figures will be calculated for each field, such as construction, parts manufacturing as well as research activities and tourism-related services. There are expected to be wide-ranging applications of cutting-edge accelerator technology, such as advanced medical treatment and development of new materials, and the figures will incorporate innovation potential